I was nodding off to sleep watching the 7.30 report when the phone rang. It was a market research person. Now, my policy is to participate in surveys because I want people to participate in mine: but ….I said incredulously ‘It is Friday night.’ and then with petulance ‘I’m tired’. (Did I detect relief from the market researcher that I declined to participate.)
I am generally tuckered out by the end of the week—well, end of each day really. Is this because I’m wearing out? Is it an ageing thing? I had a bit of a rummage around in the literature and I was surprised that there were very few studies specifically about ageing and tiredness. However, findings from a large US study* show that tiredness is not automatically linked with getting older. The researchers found that people aged 65 years and older are actually less tired than people 15–24 years of age.